- First job in the restaurant industry was as a dish washer.
- Became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City in 1998.
- Wrote a piece for The New Yorker in 1999 titled "Don't Eat Before Reading This." The article became part of the book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000).
- Received a skull tattoo during an episode of the reality show Miami Ink.
- Co-authored the graphic novel Get Jiro! in 2012.